A Level Student Guides to OCR Set Topics

Key areas include…

  • Authorial Techniques
  • Characterisation
  • Themes and Motifs
  • Context
  • Setting
  • Literary Criticism

…and many more topic-specific areas
Component 02: Comparative and Contextual Study

  • The Gothic
  • Women in Literature
  • Dystopia

Arm your students with an arsenal of ideas!

Give students a firm grounding in your chosen topic with student-friendly notes, essential context, and activities on carefully-chosen key aspects. A broad selection of extracts from set texts and unseen prose are analysed against topical features to perfectly prepare for the exam.

Target exam skills

  • Extract analyses model critical appreciations for unseen extracts
  • Reflective activities – matched to the AOs – encourage engagement and consolidate learning
  • Exam preparation questions build confidence and develop essay-writing skills
  • Practice essay questions and peer/self-assessment mark schemes track student progress

Answers included for easy delivery and marking

Student Guide to Dystopia
‘Absolutely brilliant – really detailed and comprehensive. I would use this as the basis of my entire scheme of work, using the tasks for class discussions and homework… Wide-ranging resources/extracts that most teachers would never have the time to source themselves.’ – A Quidder, Director of English and Independent Reviewer

‘It would help students to establish firm understanding of the genre and the sub genres, together with an understanding of the exam requirements. There are some very academic ideas which would really help teachers to push the most able which is a current Ofsted focus.’ – C Harvey, Second in Department and Independent Reviewer

Student Guide to DystopiaStudent Guide to The Gothic
“Introduces the main elements of Gothic fiction using extracts from a range of well-judged texts. It is focused on building students’ ability to critical appraise texts which is crucial for this specification… Good focus on the AOs, always focusing students’ response to the questions.” – E Iles, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

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Differentiated Homeworks for AS/A Level Year 1 AQA Physics

Differentiated Homeworks for AS/A Level Year 1 AQA Physics

A wide variety of stimulating and imaginative homework sheets to encourage detailed understanding of Physics. Topic-based tasks actively engage the learner, helping to reinforce the fundamentals and extend thinking.

  • Mapped to the specification
  • Covers whole AS / A Level Year 1 course.
  • Answers and indicative content included

Eighteen varied homeworks, each differentiated for higher and lower ability or with extension activities.

  • Reinforce classroom learning and deepen understanding: mind maps, newspaper articles, peer marking, write a tweet, research questions and more…
  • Bring Physics to life with original, real-world problem-solving: circuit design, set design, and ‘expert-advisor’ scenarios
  • Develop exam skills: practice questions with answers, including exam-style with mark schemes

Ready to use with no teacher preparation – an easy-to-set homework pack to take you through the whole AS and A Level Year 1 course!

Price is £79 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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AS and A Level Edexcel Exam Preparation: Option 2B.1: Luther and the German Reformation

AS and A Level Exam Preparation: Option 2B.1: Luther and the German Reformation

Perfect your students’ exam technique for the 2017 exams and beyond. A wide variety of differentiated exam practice activities, model answers and three practice papers, all in one pack!
Each pack is unique for AS and A Level!

  • Original practice papers for both AS and A level, providing mocks for both years.
  • Differentiated activities in each pack.
    • The AS pack develops core source skills and basic essay structure.
    • The A Level pack introduces more complex skills such as comparison and advanced essay writing.
    • Exam advice tailored to students’ precise level.

    Build confidence in key exam skills …

    • Clear and concise guidance on command words and exam technique, and breakdown of the mark scheme – all in student-friendly language.
    • Progressive activities tailored for both source and essay questions – help build confidence and practice skills with planning grids, debates and more!
    • Differentiated activities for those with low, medium or high skills – accessible for any student, no matter what their expected grade.
    • Sample answers with examiner commentary so that students can mark and improve – peer activities that focus students on how to get top marks.

    … then put them to the test!

      • Three practice papers covering every aspect of each option – original questions not available from Edexcel.
      • Student-friendly mark schemes and detailed indicative content – easy marking and quick feedback so students know where to improve.

    Price is £69 each or both for £109 (save £29!) — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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Mastering Maths for A Level Physics

Mastering Maths for A Level Physics

Essential grounding in all the maths skills for AS and A Level Physics, now worth at least 40% of exam marks. Builds confidence and proficiency in mathematical manipulation and problem-solving.

For each skill:

  • Step-by-step worked examples to ensure students follow from start to finish.
  • Practice questions, including exam-style Physics questions. All supporting information provided, so students can hone their maths even before learning the topic!
  • Full answers for easy marking; students can see where they went wrong and learn from their mistakes.

Two complementary resources together cover all requirements:

Basic skills

  • arithmetic and numerical computation (including percentage uncertainties)
  • handling data (including simple probability)
  • algebra (including quadratic equations)
  • geometry (including visualising 2D/3D shapes)

Plus two diagnostic tests mapped to the spec to easily pinpoint weaker areas.

Further skills

  • graphs (including rate of change)
  • trigonometry (including small-angle approximation)
  • A Level Year 2 requirements (exponential/log functions and log equations/graphs)

Allows you to focus on teaching the Physics rather than revising the maths. Ideal to use at any time during the course; great for homework or cover lessons!

‘A very valuable resource.’ – A Shaw, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

Price is £69 each — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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Measure for Measure Activity Pack for AS and A Level

Measure for Measure Activity Pack for AS and A Level

Set text for:

  • OCR AS & A Level
  • AQA A AS & A Level
  • Edexcel A Level
  • Eduqas A Level

Activities include:

  • engaging questions
  • critical thinking
  • close reading
  • pair and group tasks
  • visual, audio and kinaesthetic tasks
  • further research

The city of Vienna is plagued by an abundance of brothels and unchaste morals. The one man who can re-establish order disappears, and it’s up to his unmerciful deputy to clean up the city… Guarantee engagement with this invaluable activity pack.

Diverse and original activities cover the whole play from 5-minute performance tasks to independent contextual study and analysis. Mix and match to suit your class!

Pre-reading exercises provide a starting point for study

Appealing scene-by-scene tasks guide students through the novel, allowing them to gain understanding and analytical skills while remaining engaged

Whole-text activities show the bigger picture, exploring key areas of: Characterisation • Relationships • Genre • Themes • Attitudes and Values • Writer’s use of language • Form • Structure • Context • Critical Reception

Plus! Answers to all activities included.

‘Excellent. The approach to the resource was intelligent, serious and focused throughout and the author had clearly put a great deal of thought into it. It showed great passion for the play and a keen sense of the issues Shakespeare addresses in it and the techniques he uses to do so.’ – A Stanton, Teacher and Independent Reviewer

Price is £89 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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The Think Tank – Issue 31: Exam-relevant articles for A Level Government and Politics

The Think Tank - Issue 31

So 2016 is over (thank goodness) and it turned out to be one of the most eventful and unpredictable years in recent memory. However, with the relief that 2016 is over comes the challenges of 2017. This will be the year ‘Brexit’ actually happens and Article 50 is triggered. It will be the first year of the Trump presidency. It will be the year when France and the Netherlands go to the polls. All could provide results that will have a lasting impact across Europe and the globe. In this issue, we’ve tried to reflect on 2016 and look ahead to 2017 across all of the core subject areas for your A Level students, plus we’ve covered the last key events of 2016, including the Richmond Park by-election.

Unique among politics magazines, The Think Tank is written primarily by practising teachers, and is entirely specification-focused. In it we aim to draw out the exam-relevant issues of events, and make them accessible to students through discussion and exam-style questions.

Every article is commissioned for its relevance to key exam topics. It not only provides topical material for your lessons, but can also be given as extra material for eager students.

It’s also a jolly good read! You can preview the latest issue at http://zzed.co.uk/ThinkTank.

‘An excellent resource for the students. Topic coverage is very good with well-aimed articles, engagingly written and shorter, lighter pieces too… It is aimed squarely at A-Level students and is written and presented in an accessible manner that doesn’t sacrifice the necessary depth… It is contemporary and easily circulated. I am pleased at the decent coverage given to A2 ideologies alongside USA. Unlike some magazines, I think we are able to use all of this one… It does the updating that we do often dont have time to do and it’s good at prompting relevant discussions in class.’ – G Marshall, Head of Politics and Think Tank Subscriber

Price is from £60 per year —

1-Year Subscription (6 issues):

  • Basic Subscription: magazine (photocopiable) + site licence – £60 (zzme/4368)
  • School Pack: magazine + A4 photocopy master + site licence + e-copies (PDF) – £80+VAT (zzme/4451)
  • Additional copies – £15+VAT (zzme/4452)

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AS and A Level AQA Business Keyword Activities

AS and A Level AQA Business Keyword Activities

  • Reinforce Terminology
  • Consolidation
  • Homework

No more juggling jargon!

These stimulating topic-by-topic activities ensure students get to grips with the essential terminology in the new Business specifications.

For every topic, varied activities based on a set of keywords and definitions:

  1. Match-up
  2. Fill-in-the-blanks
  3. Crosswords + interactive version
  4. Dominoes

+ More

Plus! Jumbo A3 crossword covering the whole year!

  • Builds confidence and familiarity with need-to-know terms
  • Student-friendly definitions make complex terms accessible to all
  • Flexible, ready-to-use resources for class or homework
  • Answers included as a glossary – perfect for revision and self-assessment!

Keyword Activities for all other specs coming soon!

Price is £59+VAT — Digital resource on CD plus 86 photocopiable A4 pages. Includes site/copy licence. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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